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What happens if you're caught with heroin?

Ohio heroin laws aim to protect individuals by restricting the use of this dangerous drug. It is illegal to possess, sell or distribute heroin in Ohio, except for in some extremely specific scenarios, like if you're working with the drug in a professional capacity.

As a typical person caught with heroin, it's important to know that there are some options open to you. Simply possessing heroin comes with the possibility of six months in prison in Ohio, but thanks to drug courts, you may have alternative options. Those who go to the drug courts often have specialized options for their cases, such as seeking addiction treatment instead of sending the accused to prison.

Many eligible individuals avoid prison time and serve a probationary period while entering a drug treatment program. These individuals have to meet with probation officers and other people who manage their cases while also submitting to drug screenings.

Those who don't qualify to go to drug courts face felony charges with maximum prison sentences of up to 11 years in prison, depending on the severity of the crime. With the least serious charge, there is still a risk of a prison sentence.

The reality is that possessing or selling heroin is a major offense in the United States. If you are caught or charged with a crime, you need to defend yourself as soon as possible. With the right support, there may be options to help you avoid prison and focus on getting your life back on track. Your attorney can provide an education on your options.

Source: FindLaw, "Ohio Heroin Laws," accessed June 06, 2018

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